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  • Are Ants the Answer to CO2 Sequestration?

    07/30/2014 9:39:08 AM PDT · by JimSEA · 26 replies
    GSA press release ^ | 7/29/2014 | Staff
    Boulder, Colo., USA – A 25-year-long study published in GEOLOGY on 14 July provides the first quantitative measurement of in situ calcium-magnesium silicate mineral dissolution by ants, termites, tree roots, and bare ground. This study reveals that ants are one of the most powerful biological agents of mineral decay yet observed. It may be that an understanding of the geobiology of ant-mineral interactions might offer a line of research on how to "geoengineer" accelerated CO2 consumption by Ca-Mg silicates. Researcher Ronald Dorn of Arizona State University writes that over geological timescales, the dissolution of calcium (Ca) and magnesium (Mg) bearing...
  • My Remarks on New Proposed EPA Power Plant Regulations at ICCC9 (EPA Whistleblower)

    07/21/2014 11:33:39 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 1 replies
    Carlin Economics and Science ^ | July 18, 2014 | Alan Carlin
    On July 8 I received the Climate Science Whistleblower Award at the Ninth International Conference on Climate Change sponsored by the Heartland Institute and other cosponsoring organizations held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The following are remarks I prepared for my acceptance statement:~~snip~~I wrote my negative comments on the Endangerment Finding support document because I believed EPA was using bad science ... But it is very encouraging to find that others agree with my decision to do so, which EPA clearly did not. My offending comments to EPA led to my being immediately muzzled at the same time that Obama was...
  • The Stunning Key That Could Unlock 160 Billion Barrels of Oil Trapped Underneath America

    07/20/2014 1:42:44 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 69 replies
    fool.com ^ | July 20, 2014 | By Matt DiLallo
    The Stunning Key That Could Unlock 160 Billion Barrels of Oil Trapped Underneath America By Matt DiLallo | More Articles July 20, 2014 | Comments (0)  Photo credit: Flickr/Melissa  It is estimated that there are 160 billion barrels of oil still trapped underneath this country in what are considered depleted oil fields. That's a tremendous amount of oil given that America uses about seven billion barrels of it each year. In fact, if we could only find the key to unlock this trapped oil we could extend fleeting our reserves by more than 22 years.That's why it probably comes as a surprise...
  • Breaking EPA’s climate science secrecy barriers

    07/02/2014 7:20:40 AM PDT · by rktman · 2 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 7/2/2014 | Paul Driessen & Lawrence Kogan
    Can you imagine telling the IRS you don’t need to complete all their forms or provide records to back up your claim for a tax refund? Or saying your company’s assurances that its medical products are safe and effective should satisfy the FDA? Especially if some of your data don’t actually support your claims—or you “can’t find” key data, research and other records, because your hard drive conveniently crashed? But, you tell them, people you paid to review your information said it’s accurate, so there’s no problem. Do you suppose the government would accept your assurance that there’s “not a...
  • NASA Spacecraft Will Sniff Out Earth's Carbon Dioxide (OCO-2)

    06/13/2014 9:22:11 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/13/14 | Megan Gannon - LiveScience.com
    A new NASA spacecraft is about to embark on a mission to watch Earth breathe. Before dawn on July 1, the $465-million Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2, or OCO-2 for short, will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Then, from its perch 438 miles (705 kilometers) above the planet, the satellite will begin a two-year study of how carbon dioxide (CO2) — a heat-trapping gas that is driving climate change — cycles through the Earth's atmosphere. [6 Unexpected Effects of Climate Change] Human activities, such as burning fossil fuels, now add nearly 40 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the...
  • EPA unveils sweeping plan to slash power plant pollution

    06/02/2014 10:20:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06/02/2014 | BY VALERIE VOLCOVICI AND JEFF MASON
    The U.S. power sector must cut carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels, according to federal regulations unveiled on Monday that form the centerpiece of the Obama administration's climate change strategy. The Environmental Protection Agency's proposal is one of the most significant environmental rules proposed by the United States, and could transform the power sector, which relies on coal for nearly 38 percent of electricity. Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, said on Monday that between 2020 and 2030, the U.S. amount of carbon dioxide the proposal would reduce under the plan would be more...
  • EPA to Seek A 30% Cut In Emissions [by 2030]

    06/01/2014 2:48:43 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 32 replies
    Wall Street Journal Online ^ | 01 June 2014 | Amy Harder
    The Environmental Protection Agency will seek a 30% reduction in U.S. carbon-dioxide emissions by 2030 from existing power plants based on emission levels from 2005, according to two people briefed on the rule, setting in motion the main piece of President Barack Obama's climate-change agenda. The draft rule, to be proposed Monday and scheduled to be completed one year from now, will give flexibility to the states, which must implement the rules and submit compliance plans to the EPA by June 2016. States can decide how to meet the reductions, including joining or creating new cap-and-trade programs, deploying more renewable...
  • 'Time running out' as CO2 levels hit new high: UN (We'Re Doomed Alert XXXXXXIIIIIYIYII!!)

    05/26/2014 2:41:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 5/26/14 | AFP
    Geneva (AFP) - Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations have crossed a new threshold, the UN's weather agency said Monday, highlighting the urgency of curbing manmade, climate-altering greenhouse gases. In April, for the first time, the mean monthly CO2 concentration in the atmosphere topped 400 parts per million (ppm) throughout the northern hemisphere, which pollutes more than the south, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said. "This should serve as yet another wakeup call about the constantly rising levels of greenhouse gases which are driving climate change," WMO chief Michel Jarraud said in a statement. "If we are to preserve our planet for...
  • Germany now worst polluter in European Union

    05/08/2014 3:45:53 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 15 replies
    euronews.com ^ | May 5, 2014 | euronews
    The latest figures from the EU’s statistics agency, Eurostat, show that Germany is the worst offender when it comes to pollution. Last year the country released 760 million tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere from fossil fuels, a rise of 2 percent.
  • GE Crushes Obama's War on Coal

    05/03/2014 12:10:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 3, 2014 | Charles Payne
    em>"Probably for the next decade, the most dominate technology around the world will be coal..." -Jeff Immelt The fastest growing source of energy in the world last year was coal, and it is going to stay that way for a very long time. With that in mind, one has to wonder why President Obama has insisted on the gut-wrenching destruction of the coal industry that has costs thousands of jobs, and has sent electricity costs to all-time highs. This, combined with last month's report from the International Energy Agency, state that reaching the goal of carbon emission reduction would cost...
  • High carbon dioxide levels set a record

    05/01/2014 10:20:56 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 86 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 5/1/14 | David Perlman
    There's striking new evidence that Earth's atmosphere is increasingly saturated with carbon dioxide, the major gas from fossil fuel emissions that trigger climate change. ... "This should be taken as a warning," said Ken Caldeira, an atmospheric scientist with the Carnegie Institution's department of global ecology at Stanford University. "It is time to stop building things with tailpipes and smokestacks. "It is time to stop using the sky as a waste dump for our carbon dioxide pollution. If we fail to heed this warning, our children will end up living in a world that is much hotter than any human...
  • THE CARBON DIOXIDE LEVEL IS DANGEROUSLY LOW

    03/25/2014 7:21:07 AM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies
    Human Events ^ | 3/24/2014 | David Archibald
    The following as been excerpted from Twilight of Abundance: Why Life in the 21st Century will be Nasty, Brutish, and Short by David Archibald:The United States is needlessly penalizing itself and squandering its resource endowment, all because of the big lie that carbon dioxide is causing dangerous global warming. The Chinese, in contrast, merely pay lip service to that big lie. The only reason they are making a token effort on the “global warming” front is to encourage Western countries to continue hobbling their own economies. One can be forgiven for thinking that there must be some truth in the...
  • Report: EPA coal plant rule tainted by secretiveness, collusion with green groups

    03/10/2014 6:57:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/10/2014 | Editors
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s rule to limit carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants is tainted by secretiveness and collusion with environmental groups, according to a conservative environmental lawyer. Energy and Environmental Law Institute attorney Chris Horner has presented an 81-page regulatory comment showing the EPA’s “New Source Performance Standard” (NSPS) — which limits carbon emissions from new coal plants — was developed by officials masking their true agendas, using secret and private email accounts and in collusion with environmental groups.
  • Polluted Minds: Greenies think nature is bad for itself

    02/27/2014 5:32:49 PM PST · by Daniel Clark · 5 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | February 27, 2014 | Daniel Clark
    Polluted Minds: Greenies think nature is bad for itself by Daniel Clark One of the things liberals remember best about Ronald Reagan is that he said trees cause pollution. The reason they remember this is that it makes them feel superior to him, and no wonder. Can you imagine anything that sounds stupider than that? It’s the kind of statement for which we’d expect Sarah Palin to be ridiculed, despite her never having said it. So why would Reagan say such a thing? Because trees cause pollution, that’s why. In particular, decaying leaves and pine needles produce organic compounds that...
  • Greenpeace Co-Founder Tells Senate Earth’s Geologic History ‘contradicts’ CO2 Climate Fears

    02/26/2014 6:30:32 AM PST · by Texas Eagle · 32 replies
    agenda21radio.com ^ | Feb. 25, 2014 | Marc Morano
    ‘We had both higher temps and an ice age at a time when CO2 emissions were 10 times higher than they are today’ Unknown-4 Selected Highlights of Dr. Patrick Moore’s Feb. 25, 2014 testimony before the U.S. Senate Environment & Public Works Committee: ‘There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth’s atmosphere over the past 100 years.’
  • Facing Reality on Carbon Dioxide

    02/25/2014 1:43:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2014 | Mona Charen
    Though you wouldn't necessarily know it based on news coverage, the United States in the reign of President Barack Obama is enduring the most prolonged period of slow growth and high unemployment since World War II. The president asserts that he saved us from another Great Depression, which, like his claim that the stimulus would "create or save" millions of jobs, is about as provable as the number of angels that can dance on the head of a pin. The Obama administration has done little to spur job creation, but a great deal to inhibit it. The president mocks the...
  • Dallas Cowboys Stadium Seating and Atmospheric CO2

    01/27/2014 11:31:06 AM PST · by rktman · 32 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | 1/27/2014 | Anthony Watts
    With the possibility of the coldest Super Bowl ever coming this week, this story about CO2 concentration seemed appropriate. Ryan Scott Welch writes: Anthony as you know, many people don’t know much about the earth’s atmosphere. For example, when questioned about how much CO2 is in our atmosphere most people give me a guess of somewhere between 30% and 70%. When I tell them that CO2 is only 0.04% or really about 395 ppm (parts per million) they generally look at me as if I was speaking some kind of foreign language. The layman simply cannot convert 0.04% of the...
  • How Rising Atmospheric CO2 is a Biospheric Benefit

    01/25/2014 7:20:12 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 12 replies
    CO2 Science ^ | October 2013 | By the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change
    At a fundamental level, carbon dioxide is the basis of nearly all life on Earth. It is the primary raw material or "food" utilized by the vast majority of plants to produce the organic matter out of which they construct their tissues, which subsequently become the ultimate source of food for nearly all animals and humans. Consequently, the more CO2 there is in the air, the better plants grow, as has been demonstrated in literally thousands of laboratory and field experiments. . . . . .increased levels of atmospheric CO2 generally produce increases in plant photosynthesis, decreases in plant water...
  • {Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.} Senator presses EPA to scrutinize refinery emissions

    01/17/2014 8:51:38 AM PST · by thackney · 16 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 17, 2014 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    The Obama administration is focused on paring greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s power plants, and at least one senator wants refiners to be in the crosshairs too. During a Thursday hearing on President Barack Obama’s climate action plan, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., pressed Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy to begin zeroing in on carbon dioxide emissions from refiners, industrial ovens and commercial boilers. The EPA has been obligated to tackle carbon pollution from power plants and refineries since a December 2010 settlement with conservationists. Obama directed his EPA to focus on new and existing power plants first, however,...
  • Decline Of Plankton That Gobble Carbon Dioxide Coincided With Ancient Global Cooling

    01/12/2009 12:52:14 PM PST · by Red Badger · 29 replies · 2,010+ views
    01-12-2009 | Adapted from materials provided by Cornell University.
    The evolutionary history of diatoms -- abundant oceanic plankton that remove billions of tons of carbon dioxide from the air each year -- needs to be rewritten, according to a new Cornell study. The findings suggest that after a sudden rise in species numbers, diatoms abruptly declined about 33 million years ago -- trends that coincided with severe global cooling. The study is published in the Jan. 8 issue of the journal Nature. The research casts doubt on the long-held theory that diatoms' success was tied to an influx of nutrients into the oceans from the rise of grasslands about...
  • Ocean plankton suck up twice the carbon we thought they did

    03/20/2013 11:35:53 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 38 replies
    JoNova ^ | March 19th, 2013 | joanne
    Hyperia | Credit WikimediaDespite the fuss about CO2 emissions, on a global scale no one is quite sure where a lot of it ends up. Those mystery “sinks” draw in a large proportion of CO2. Here’s a big sink that just got twice as big.Science Daily  Mar. 17, 2013 — Models of carbon dioxide in the world’s oceans need to be revised, according to new work by UC Irvine and other scientists published online Sunday in Nature Geoscience. Trillions of plankton near the surface of warm waters are far more carbon-rich than has long been thought, they found. Global...
  • Fire And Ice - Volcanoes, Not CO2, Melt West Antarctic

    12/10/2013 4:42:46 PM PST · by raptor22 · 25 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 10, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Junk Science: Researchers have discovered a chain of smoldering active volcanoes under the West Antarctic ice sheet — which happens to be the ice sheet that climate hysterics say is proof of man-caused global warming. The 2004 science fiction movie "The Day After Tomorrow" — and the operative word here is "fiction" — opened with a portion of the West Antarctic ice sheet shearing off as a prelude to planetary doom. But if the researchers depicted in the film had looked deep into the widening crevice, they might have noticed a string of active volcanoes lurking under nearly a mile...
  • SCOTUS Revisits EPA Regulation of CO2

    11/05/2013 8:06:40 AM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 5, 2013 | S. Fred Singer
    On October 15, 2013, the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) granted 'Certiorari' to Petitioners who have been suing the EPA over regulations to control CO2. In 2007, SCOTUS had ruled that CO2 may be considered a pollutant under the Clean Air Act (CAA), provided EPA could demonstrate that continued emission of CO2 would harm 'human health and welfare.' In 2009, EPA published the required Endangerment Finding, which was subsequently attacked on scientific grounds by a collection of plaintiffs. [Full disclosure: SEPP is one of the many plaintiffs involved in this lawsuit.] However, in June 2012, the Court of Appeals for the...
  • Report suggests slowdown in CO2 emissions rise

    10/31/2013 9:52:36 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/30/13 | Matt McGrath
    Global emissions of carbon dioxide may be showing the first signs of a "permanent slowdown" in the rate of increase. According to a new report, emissions in 2012 increased at less than half the average over the past decade. Key factors included the shift to shale gas for energy in the US while China increased its use of hydropower by 23%. However the use of cheap coal continues to be an issue, with UK consumption up by almost a quarter. The report on trends in global emissions has been produced annually by the Netherlands Environment Assessment Agency and the European...
  • Coal Miner's Slaughter: Thousands Protest War On Coal

    10/30/2013 3:47:20 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 40 replies
    Investor's Business daily ^ | October 30, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Regulation: More than 3,500 coal supporters descended on Washington Tuesday to protest environmental rules requiring technology that doesn't exist, designed to turn the Saudi Arabia of coal into the Bangladesh of energy. Members of Congress, union members, miners and their families stormed Capitol Hill to air their grievances about President Obama's policies that make it harder to burn or mine coal. They were protesting the government shutdown that hasn't ended — that of the coal industry in pursuit of environmental goals that ignore global temperatures that haven't budged in 17 years and greenhouse-gas emission declines that have occurred as a...
  • Climate change is dominated by the water cycle, not carbon dioxide

    10/10/2013 11:57:09 PM PDT · by kathsua · 24 replies
    Washington times ^ | October 7, 2013 | Steve Goreham
    CHICAGO, October 7, 2013 — Climate scientists are obsessed with carbon dioxide. The newly released Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) claims that “radiative forcing” from human-emitted CO2 is the leading driver of climate change. Carbon dioxide is blamed for everything from causing more droughts, floods, and hurricanes, to endangering polar bears and acidifying the oceans. But Earth’s climate is dominated by water, not carbon dioxide. Earth’s water cycle encompasses the salt water of the oceans, the fresh water of rivers and lakes, and frozen icecaps and glaciers. It includes water flows within and between...
  • Norway abandons Mongstad carbon capture plans

    09/23/2013 1:42:24 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | 20 September 2013 | Roger Harrabin
    The outgoing government in Norway has buried much-vaunted plans to capture carbon dioxide and store it underground amid mounting costs and delays. The oil and energy ministry said the development of full-scale carbon dioxide capture at Mongstad oil refinery had been discontinued. It said it remained committed to research into carbon capture. When the Labour Party presented the plan in 2007, it was hailed as Norway's equivalent of a "Moon landing". Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and his allies lost a general election to conservatives and centrists this month, and are due to step down shortly. Mongstad had already run into...
  • Obama officials: Rule won't kill coal-fired power

    09/18/2013 6:50:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    AP ^ | 9/18/2013
    President Barack Obama's top energy and environmental officials said Wednesday there is a future for coal, despite a pending regulation aimed at limiting global warming pollution from new power plants that Republicans and the coal industry say will doom the fuel source. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, questioned at a House hearing, both said coal-fired power would continue. Coal makes up about 40 percent of U.S. electricity. "The rule will provide certainty for the future of new coal moving forward, and in terms of existing facilities, coal will continue to represent a significant source of energy...
  • Carbon Dioxide: The Gas of Life

    08/15/2013 7:17:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 8/15/2013 | Paul Driessen
    It’s amazing that minuscule bacteria can cause life-threatening diseases and infections –- and miraculous that tiny doses of vaccines and antibiotics can safeguard us against these deadly scourges. It is equally incredible that, at the planetary level, carbon dioxide is a miracle molecule for plants -– and the “gas of life” for most living creatures on Earth.
  • Study: Too Little Carbon Dioxide Will Destroy Earth

    07/07/2013 12:21:09 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 25 replies
    The New American ^ | 05 July 2013 | Selwyn Duke
    A recent study says life on Earth will suffer a carbon-dioxide-related extinction--not from too much of the gas, but from too little of it. Study: Too Little Carbon Dioxide Will Destroy Earth The New American 05 July 2013 Related Articles: EPA Declares Human Breath (CO2) a Pollutant EPA Declares Carbon Dioxide a Danger to Public Health Global Climate Warming Stopped 15 Years Ago, UK Met Office Admits
  • How to combat global warming and prosper

    07/04/2013 9:06:17 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 4, 2013 | by Steve Chapman
    So the president will act to curb emissions as best he can through heavy-handed regulation and extravagant subsidies of "clean" energy. The trouble with these clumsy remedies, says economist Adele Morris of The Brookings Institution, is that they often impose higher costs than the benefits they yield. They would not be needed if the government taxed fuels according to their environmental side effects. Raise the price of gasoline and Americans would buy more efficient cars, drive less and take the occasional bus. Make coal more expensive and businesses would switch to fuels that pollute less. Actually, we could cut carbon...
  • Obama’s Eco-Assault on America

    06/27/2013 10:45:34 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 1 replies
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | June 27, 2013 | Arnold Ahlert
    On Tuesday, President Obama announced a sweeping series of initiatives, including the use of executive powers, to combat global warming. The plan will involve federal funding for renewable energy technology, and spending for areas hit by storms and droughts aggravated by an allegedly changing climate. Yet the most ambitious part of his agenda is an effort to force a reduction in so-called greenhouse gases from the nation’s coal-fired power plants. Prior to the speech, Daniel P. Schrag, a White House environmentalism adviser and director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment, got to the nub of that agenda: “Politically,...
  • Cutting Carbon Dioxide Isn’t Enough (Double Facepalm!)

    05/14/2013 5:15:51 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 42 replies
    Slate ^ | 5-13-2013 | Lawrence Krauss
    According to data being gathered at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, which has been monitoring atmospheric carbon dioxide since 1958, the CO2 concentration in the Earth’s atmosphere officially exceeded the 400 parts per million mark last week, a value not attained on Earth since humans were first human. This ominous milestone comes at a time when the evidence that human activity is resulting in unprecedented climate change is now overwhelming. More important, perhaps, even if all greenhouse gas production ceased immediately, this elevated carbon dioxide level would persist in the atmosphere for thousands of years. (snip) So in addition...
  • Carbon dioxide levels reach all-time high prompting new warnings about climate change

    05/12/2013 1:03:54 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 54 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 10, 2013 | Sara Malm
    Carbon dioxide levels have reached its highest throughout human history, recent figures from a US monitoring station show. The level in our atmosphere is now at a record high 400 parts per million, prompting renewed warnings of the ‘huge risks’ of climate change. The shocking figures, which have risen from 270ppm before the Industrial Revolution, is a result of human activity such as burning of fossil fuels and deforestation. The preliminary figures have come from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) monitoring station in Hawaii. The greenhouse gas has not been at such high levels for around three...
  • Harrison H. Schmitt and William Happer: In Defense of Carbon Dioxide

    05/12/2013 9:18:54 AM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 8, 2013 | Harrison H. Schmitt and William Happer
    The demonized chemical compound is a boon to pant life and has little correlation with global temperature. Of all of the world's chemical compounds, none has a worse reputation than carbon dioxide. Thanks to the single-minded demonization of this natural and essential atmospheric gas by advocates of government control of energy production, the conventional wisdom about carbon dioxide is that it is a dangerous pollutant. That's simply not the case. Contrary to what some would have us believe, increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will benefit the increasing population on the planet by increasing agricultural productivity. The cessation of observed...
  • Carbon dioxide passes symbolic mark (on top of Mauna Loa)

    05/10/2013 1:35:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies
    BBC News ^ | 5/10/13 | David Shukman
    Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have broken through a symbolic mark. Daily measurements of CO2 at a US government agency lab on Hawaii have topped 400 parts per million for the first time. The station, which sits on the Mauna Loa volcano, feeds its numbers into a continuous record of the concentration of the gas stretching back to 1958. The last time CO2 was regularly above 400ppm was three to five million years ago - before modern humans existed. Scientists say the climate back then was also considerably warmer than it is today. Carbon dioxide is regarded as the...
  • Elevated Carbon Dioxide in Atmosphere Trims Wheat, Sorghum Moisture Needs

    03/31/2013 9:32:06 AM PDT · by Twotone · 5 replies
    Science Daily ^ | March 25, 2013 | Staff
    Plenty has been written about concerns over elevated levels of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere, but a Kansas State University researcher has found an upside to the higher CO2 levels. And it's been particularly relevant in light of drought that overspread the area in recent months.
  • Matt Ridley on How Fossil Fuels are Greening the Planet (video)

    03/20/2013 12:01:36 AM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies
    Reason ^ | March 13, 2013 | Paul Feine & Alex Manning
    Matt Ridley, author of The Red Queen, Genome, The Rational Optimist and other books, dropped by Reason's studio in Los Angeles last month to talk about a curious global trend that is just starting to receive attention. Over the past three decades, our planet has gotten greener! Even stranger, the greening of the planet in recent decades appears to be happening because of, not despite, our reliance on fossil fuels. While environmentalists often talk about how bad stuff like CO2 causes bad things to happen like global warming, it turns out that the plants aren't complaining. Approximately 19 minutes. Produced...
  • EPA likely to delay climate rules for new power plants

    03/15/2013 1:32:08 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 15, 2013 | By Juliet Eilperin
    The Obama administration is leaning toward revising its landmark proposal to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants, according to several individuals briefed on the matter, a move that would delay tougher restrictions and could anger many environmentalists. The discussions center on the first-ever greenhouse gas regulations for power plants, which were proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency nearly a year ago. Rewriting the proposal would significantly delay any action, and might allow the agency to set a separate standard for coal-fired power plants, which are roughly twice as polluting as those fueled by natural gas. While the move...
  • Two Years After Fukushima, Japan Reassesses Nuclear

    03/13/2013 5:12:15 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 13, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Nuclear Power: Buoyed by data showing that outside the immediate area, radiation dangers remain small, Japan's pro-nuclear prime minister seeks to restart other shut-down reactors to restart a stagnant economy. It has been two years since the March 11, 2011, Honshu quake and tsunami that killed nearly 19,000 people, smashed Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima plant, and put the brakes on the worldwide commercial use of nuclear power. Days after the quake — which registered at 9.0 on the Richter scale and was equal to about 336 million tons of TNT, a quake so powerful it shifted the position of...
  • Scientists Report Big Jump In CO2

    03/05/2013 1:58:06 PM PST · by zeestephen · 46 replies
    NBCNews.com ^ | 05 March 2013 | Seth Borenstein
    Up 2.67 parts per million - Scientists say hopes of limiting warming to 2 degrees F are fading away to almost nothing.
  • Carbon Tax Hallucinations

    02/16/2013 9:17:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2013 | Paul Driessen
    Average planetary temperatures haven’t budged in 16 years. Hurricanes and strong tornadoes are at or near their lowest ebb in decades. Global sea ice is back to normal, while the Antarctic icepack continues to grow. The rate of sea level rise remains what it was in 1900. And yet, President Obama and many politicians, newscasters and alarmist scientists continue to insist that carbon dioxide emissions are changing Earth’s climate, and we need to take immediate action to prevent storms like Hurricane Sandy and avert catastrophes predicted by IPCC computer models and “scientific consensus.” Not surprisingly, polls show public support...
  • New Coal Technology Harnesses Energy Without Burning, Nears Pilot-Scale Development

    02/06/2013 6:25:52 PM PST · by neverdem · 43 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Feb. 6, 2013 | NA
    COLUMBUS, Ohio—A new form of clean coal technology reached an important milestone recently, with the successful operation of a research-scale combustion system at Ohio State University. The technology is now ready for testing at a larger scale. For 203 continuous hours, the Ohio State combustion unit produced heat from coal while capturing 99 percent of the carbon dioxide produced in the reaction. Liang-Shih Fan, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and director of Ohio State’s Clean Coal Research Laboratory, pioneered the technology called Coal-Direct Chemical Looping (CDCL), which chemically harnesses coal’s energy and efficiently contains the carbon dioxide produced before...
  • Chaparral Energy to pipe CO2 to help extract Osage County oil (OK)

    12/26/2012 8:44:18 AM PST · by T-Bird45 · 23 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | 12/26/12 | Rod Walton
    Winding from Coffeyville, Kan. to Burbank, Okla., is a pipeline project that maybe even Al Gore could love. Chaparral Energy Inc. is building a line that will move carbon dioxide to help with enhanced oil recovery at the historic North Burbank field in Osage County. The project, due for completion early next year, initially will pipe about 23 million cubic feet of CO2 captured from a Coffeyville fertilizer plant. "This is a very green operation," Chaparral CEO Mark Fischer said. "For the life of that (fertilizer) plant, the CO2 has been emitted into the atmosphere." That, of course, is what...
  • AFTER DOHA, THE U.N. AND MEMBER GOVERNMENTS NEED SOBER SECOND THOUGHTS ABOUT ‘GLOBAL WARMING’

    12/09/2012 2:52:32 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 8 replies
    CLIMATE SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL ^ | December 09, 2012 | climate science international
    Attention: News Editors, Political, Science and Environment Reporters After 16 years without warming, future climate talks must focus on preparation for, and adaption to, climate change, not vainly trying to stop it. Ottawa, Canada, December 9, 2012: “Governments must re-examine climate change science before considering further, more concrete commitments in the United Nations negotiating process,” said Tom Harris, executive director of the International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC), which is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. “In their November 29th open letter to the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, scientists from across the globe explained that the science relied upon by the U.N....
  • What’s eating the sea butterfly? Carbon dioxide, study says

    11/25/2012 5:13:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    AFP via Google ^ | November 25, 2012 4:00 PM
    Rising acidity is eating away the shells of tiny snails, known as “sea butterflies”, that live in the seas around Antarctica, leaving them vulnerable to predators and disease, scientists said Sunday. The study presents rare evidence of living creatures suffering the results of ocean acidification caused by rising carbon dioxide levels from fossil fuel burning, the British Antarctic Survey said in a statement. …
  • British Engineers Produce Amazing 'Petrol From Air' Technology

    10/18/2012 8:36:34 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 56 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | October 18, 2012 | Andrew Hough
    British Engineers Produce Amazing 'Petrol From Air' Technology Revolutionary new technology that produces “petrol from air” is being produced by a British firm, it emerged tonight. Andrew Hough 18 Oct 2012 A small company in the north of England has developed the “air capture” technology to create synthetic petrol using only air and electricity. Experts tonight hailed the astonishing breakthrough as a potential “game-changer” in the battle against climate change and a saviour for the world’s energy crisis. The technology, presented to a London engineering conference this week, removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The “petrol from air” technology involves...
  • Interaction of CO2 and Water Stress on Plant Growth (Agricultural Species)

    09/14/2012 1:09:04 AM PDT · by count-your-change · 11 replies
    CO2 Science ^ | 21 May 2003 | Widodo, W., Vu, J.C.V., Boote, K.J., Baker, J.T. and Allen Jr., L.H
    Elevated CO2 and Drought Stress in Rice The authors grew rice (Oryza sativa [L.] cv. IR-72) in eight outdoor, sunlit, controlled-environment chambers at daytime atmospheric CO2 concentrations of 350 and 700 ppm for an entire season. In one set of chambers, the plants were continuously flooded. In another set, drought stress was imposed during panicle initiation. In another, it was imposed during anthesis; and in the last set, drought stress was imposed at both stages.
  • Climate Change Is A Hoax, Obama, Like Your Presidency

    09/12/2012 1:13:48 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 23 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | September 12, 2012
    Science: The president who said he'd slow the ocean's rise says voters can regulate the weather and stop droughts, floods, wildfires and hurricanes by backing his re-election. Never mind wrecking the economy in the process. In 2009 President Obama modestly declared: "America, this is our moment . .. that I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal." During his acceptance speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, he doubled...
  • 'Climate Consensus' Data Need a More Careful Look [CO2 levels are below the optimum levels]

    08/14/2012 8:06:07 PM PDT · by grundle · 10 replies
    Wall St. Journal ^ | August 13, 2012
    It is increasingly clear that doubling CO2 is unlikely to increase global temperature more than about one degree Celsius, not the much larger values touted by the global warming establishment. In fact, CO2 levels are below the optimum levels for most plants, and there are persuasive arguments that the mild warming and increased agricultural yields from doubling CO2 will be an overall benefit for humanity. Let us debate and deal with serious, real problems facing our society, not elaborately orchestrated, phony ones, like the trumped-up need to drastically curtail CO2 emissions.